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We've been keeping veterans informed of news and events important to them since 2005.
You'll find all you need to file your claim and referrals to professionals who can help you when things don't go well. 
What you won't find here is unending chat or opinions from strangers who like to think of themselves as experts. 
Our goal is to ensure that you are awarded the benefits you earned with your service to our country. 

We're here to help you take charge of your benefits, and that is all.

Extra Schedular Rating

​Extra schedular ratings under

38 C.F.R. § 3.321(b)

​How can I get an extra schedular rating?

​To receive an extra schedular rating the veteran

must first show that the veteran’s

conditions result in a disability picture

that is not covered by the schedule of ratings. 

​​​C&P Service Clinician’s Guide
Scheduled For A C & P???    Filing A Claim?
This is a must read for you!!!​
I've been posting this again and again over the years and it's still one of the best ways I know to win your case.

Published in 2002 the principles and much of the verbiage still applies and is in daily use at the VA. 

Combine these principles with  an IMO  and you win.

How Federal Marijuana Policy Is Pushing

Veterans into the Black Market
A California group is fighting to end a federal

prohibition that makes it impossible

for veterans to get cannabis through the VA.

Hiring a VA-Certified Veterans Disability Lawyer
You should consult with a veterans disability

lawyer if you're appealing a denial of compensation

or you need a discharge upgrade.

Military Records DD 214

Your Health

Urgent Care Centers

One of the most important benefits you have today is

the authorization to use an urgent care center

near to you. But first, you have to

print your paperwork

to take with you. Don't wait until you need this

benefit to prepare for it. Read this now,

print your papers and be prepared!

VA Instructs Coronavirus-Exposed Staff to Continue Working, Places Those Who Don’t in AWOL Status
"This is the absolute worst-case scenario of anything

I have ever experienced in my nursing career,"

according to one registered nurse.

Google Tracks You

and we don't.
​DuckDuckGo apps block

Google's hidden trackers.
​The world needs an alternative

Robert Wilkie  <>  ​855-948-2311

One More Reason You Need An Independent Medical Opinion


Accuracy of Claims Decisions Involving Conditions of the Spine

Training book used for VA

'How To Lie With Statistics'


​Lodging & Camping in southern Illinois with access to the Shawnee National​

We offer lodging, camping,

​stabling, corral, pasture,

access to a hunting lease and

discounts for America's

military veterans!

Veteran Disability Claims 

Nexus and IMO Letters

Welcome to VA Telehealth Services

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is leading the way in telehealth innovation to make sure Veterans can access care when and where they need it.

What You Should Know about Disability and Debt

There Are Protections...When it comes to debt collection, disability income enjoys special status.

File Your Claim Right Here

Just Do It Yourself!

Welcome to the KnowVA Knowledge Base

Locate information more quickly and efficiently

Don’t Delay Your Application For Disability Benefits

A Key Message During Disability Insurance

Awareness Month
COVID-19 office closures, economic downturn

highlight vital importance of time and SSDI

applications for former workers with disabilities,

says disability expert Allsup during May

Web Automated Reference Material System
Compensation and Pension Materials

How To Get Urgent Care For Free

If you have any symptoms


You are authorized urgent care but you must be prepared!

How Divorce, Alimony, and Child Support

Affect Veterans' VA Benefits
VA benefits can be garnished only for spousal
or child support,

and only under certain conditions.

How to file a VA disability claim
Find out how to file a claim for disability compensation

or increased disability compensation.

Types of VA disability claims and when to file
Find out when you can first file a claim for service-connected benefits—and what to do if you want

to request more benefits or have new evidence to

support a claim we denied in the past.

Informed Consent and Advance Directives

​A Rule by the Veterans Affairs Department on 05/27/2020

​The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends

its regulation regarding informed consent and advance directives. We amend the regulation by reorganizing it

and amending language where necessary to enhance clarity. In addition, we amend the regulation to facilitate the informed consent process, the ability to communicate with patients or surrogates through available modalities of communication, and the execution and witness requirements for a VA Advance Directive.

The Average Social Security Beneficiary

Is Getting a 7% "Raise" in 2020
Stimulus check payouts will put

more green into seniors' pockets this year.

Marijuana Accessories

I owe back child support

Will I still get a stimulus check?

‘Risk the coronavirus or keel over anyway’

Veterans worry going to VA amid COVID-19

VA benefits backlog spikes amid COVID pandemic

The backlog of claims for veterans' benefits -- those that have yet to be addressed for 125 days or longer – has crept up to over 100,000 according to data released Monday.

How do you win your claim or appeal?  The facts speak for themselves!!!

BVA Annual Report 2018 Board Dispositions By Representation Page 31

Appeals Allowed/Awarded  By Attorney  44.61% 

By Agent 38.79%    By State Service Officer 35.17%    By AL  34.53%    By DAV  33.70%
This isn't the complete list, you need to  
click here  to see that.

Your chances of winning an appeal are better if you are represented by an accredited veterans law attorney.

Download VA benefit letters
To receive some benefits, Veterans need a letter

proving their status. 

Jim Strickland

Florida Veterans

Medical Marijuana Card
Tell the doctor you saw it on VAWatchdog

and ask about veterans discounts!​

Code of Federal Regulations

Title 38 - Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief

​Volume: 1Date: 2019-07-01Original

Date: 2019-07-01Title: PART 17 - MEDICAL

No More ‘Kneecap to Kneecap’ Talks

Coronavirus Hinders Military Recruiting

Why Getting a Diagnosis Matters

​A diagnosis does so much more than get noted in your medical history. It also can help you apply for programs like Social Security Disability and medical marijuana cards. And maybe even more importantly, it can help you explain yourself to friends, colleagues and family.

VA Health Care Public Health Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

​What you should know
VA is working closely with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners,
monitoring an outbreak of Novel Coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Be a  VA  Volunteer.

I did that for years & it's

the best thing ever. Get 

into the belly of the beast.

VA  loves  volunteers!

Do You Need

Medical Care

​You are already authorized

to use an urgent

care clinic!

Dr. David Anaise

Physician - Surgeon - Veteran

Veterans Law Attorney

VA ordered to notify veterans about ER misinformation

​Tens of thousands of veterans are receiving letters from the VA stating they may be eligible for reimbursement on previously denied emergency medical bills

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VA Home Loans

​Guidance for VA home loan borrowers

during COVID-19
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic

Security (Cares) Act of 2020 Guidance for Borrowers

with VA-guaranteed Home Loans

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Healthcare directives, 

proxies, living wills and durable financial power of attorney.

All are free to use.

Lives Lost: At veterans' home, towering

legacies of the dead
In communities around the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home in Massachusetts, families are marking the first Memorial Day without a veteran who was a parent, spouse or sibling

Veterans Benefits Administration

​About VBA
The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) provides a variety of benefits and services to Servicemembers, Veterans, and their families. 

38 CFR Book C 

Schedule for Rating Disabilities

Owe VA Money??? 

​​Submit A Waiver Request

Untreated Hearing Loss Linked

To Loneliness And Isolation For Seniors

Did you know that hearing loss and tinnitus are the

most commonly rated veterans disabilities? Did you

know that hearing loss and tinnitus can cause

other secondary conditions, particularly mental

health problems like depression and loneliness?

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Coronavirus FAQs:

What Veterans need to know
Our call centers and some VA health facilities are

currently experiencing very high numbers of calls.

Trump Administration to End

National Guard COVID Deployments

One Day Before GI Bill Benefits Kick In

​​More than 40,000 service members have been deployed in total, but Politico now reports that they will all be recalled on June 24—one day before the first group sent into the field would reach the 90-day active-duty minimum that’s required to qualify for GI Bill education benefits

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Should I file a claim?

Potential VA claims?

​What am I missing in the VA claims process?


Best way to check on a supplemental claim online?

​Confused on what to do with claim.

​Dependent status with education benefits.

​Suing the VA for negligence and malpractice.​​

Veterans Psych Evaluations
 Brett Valette, Ph.D.

Providing Military Veterans Personalized Psychological and Medical Evaluations. Complete the Contact form, and you'll get a personal phone call from us. We listen, and want to know what you are going through. We provide Independent Medical Evaluations (IME), Independent Medical Opinions (IMO) and nexus letters for ratings reviews, secondary conditions, medical conditions, discharge upgrades, and many types of denied claims.  We also provide Social Security Disability claim reports.

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Veteran Proud

VA Urgent Care Pharmacy Locations
Find VA-approved urgent care/retail location

pharmacies near a specific

address or ZIP code, or search by VA Facility.

The Debt Management Center

Submit a waiver or compromise request here

Education and Training

​Regional Processing Offices
VA has three Regional Processing Offices (RPO)

that handle GI Bill claims. Find your region

40 Stories From Women

About Life in the Military​   

"Not Many Women Get

to Do What I Do"

NVLSP Fact Sheet on CARES Act Stimulus Program

The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) recognizes that veterans may have questions regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  We have compiled the following information to help address some of the common questions.   During this COVID-19 pandemic, NVLSP continues to work to ensure that the government delivers to our veterans, active duty personnel and their families the benefits to which they are entitled due to disabilities incurred during their military service. 

Who is eligible to get a coronavirus stimulus check?

If you owe child support, you might not get one

Your VA Transition Assistance Program (TAP): An Introduction

Wounded Warrior Project Veterans Benefits

How Do You Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits?
Information on social security disability benefits

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